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Northern Slopes Initiative
Copyright Bristol South Skyline Walk

It's going to be a journey of discovery


Bristol South Skyline Walk is a new route which has been developed as part of the Bristol Green Capital 2015 celebrations.

It takes you on an exciting journey of discovery across parts of South Bristol using pavements and footpaths to lead you to places which allows you to see Bristol from a less well known perspective.

The video above gives you a great introduction to what the route is about.

A route for all season
The route has things to offer all year round whether it is:
- Blossom in spring
- Summer flowers and wildlife - and you can watch the annual Balloon Festival in August from Perretts Park, the Northern Slopes and parts of Victoria Park
- Autumn Colours
- Clear views on a cold crisp winter's day
It is now open to people to use.

There are two routes:
- the longer full route (red on the booklet and map below) which is about 6 miles long and will take about 4 hours it has a number of steep, unpaved and stepped sections which may be unsuitable for some people; and
- the shorter (brown on the booklet and map below) route which is about 2 miles and will take about an hour and half. This route is better suited to those who prefer a route with paved surfaces and easier crossing points.

The routes can be used by walkers and runners.

They are designed so that if you wish you can break off from walking the route and return to Temple Meads/Central Bristol by bus.

There are two types of information downloadable from this website.

A booklet which gives the routes, information about what to see on the way around, and internet links to community, historical and wildlife information. This is available as a printed booklet from BSSW c/o 67 Beckington Road, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5ED

A two sides of A4 leaflet - which gives a map and directions only. Not available from the address above.
The full booklet

The Full Skyline Booklet can be downloaded from here

Full skyline booklet 7MB (6933k)
The route directions leaflet

Here is the Skyline walk map and route directions for those who do not want the full booklet.
The map and route directions are included in the booklet, so there is no need to download this if you have the booklet.

Skyline walk route map and directions only 240kb (241k)
Follow the Big Toe

Roundels have been added to street furniture to help people around the Long Route.

Look out for the distinctive markers.

The arrow which points along the big toe is the direction you need to follow.

Roundels for the short route will be coming along soon.

roundel for long route (832k)
Copyright If you have walked the Skyline Walk - apply for a free badge

If you have walked either the Short or Long route - apply by email or write in for a free badge to info@bssw.org.uk with your name and address. It is one a half inches in diameter (c 4cm).
What we are trying to achieve

The route is designed to:

1) Showcase Bristol through views of Bristol's Skyline
2) Increase opportunities for people to socialise, and improve their health and wellbeing by walking or running the route
3) Enable people to discover the value of green spaces in this part of South Bristol
4) Provide information about the people, history and wildlife in our areas.

It's for people who live in Bristol and for visitors as well

What is happening now....

In May 2016 our funding paid for an information board at Redcatch Park near the entrance from Broadwalk; and a panorama showing what you can see on the skyline in Victoria Park next to St Mary Redcliffe Junior School, just before the route drops down to the water maze.

We launched the walk on Saturday 9th May 2015 from Bristol Temple Meads at 2pm as part of the Bristol Walking Festival 2015, thinking we would get just a handful of people - but we had over 70 people turn up.

We held an anniversary walk in May 2016 the weather was less kind - but for the first time we took people around the short walk as well as the long walk. Over 40 people turned up. In May 2017 a joint walk with Bristol Libraries was held looking at historic prints of Bristol and then walking the route to find some of them.

Work continues on an App to help people get round the routes using mobile phones/tablets.
Copyright Frequently asked questions

This section we hope people will find helpful as it gives you information which will help you enjoy the route:

1) Q - With building works around the start of the walk at Cattle Market Road for the Bristol Arena will the route change?
A - the route may change as the work progresses. Please follow the directions put up to show diversions, but bear in mind that the diversion may be different if you visit more than once. Once the works have been finished we will be reinstalling roundels to help people find their way around.

2) Q - Who designed the birds next to the River on the first part of the walk?
A - Laura Williams

3) Q - You mention foraging opportunities as part of the walk - what kind of things can I forage for?
Firstly, please do not pick and eat anything do you not recognise. Also please do not pick everything from individual locations - please leave food for others and for wildlife. The more informal green spaces - the Slopes for instance; plus less managed parts of the formal Parks can be good for blackberries, sloe berries, elderflower and horseradish as examples. Perretts Park has a number of raised boxes which grow vegetables, salads and fruit. The availability of the food is of course seasonal.

4) Update - Redcatch Park
New Murals have been added to the Pavillion (see picture) along with a carved redwood bench in the shape of a fox.
We would love to hear from you about what you think of the route, the booklet etc.

What people have said about the Walk.....
"This walk gave us a totally different view of Bristol...."
"We thought we knew the area so well but we found new places and walks with amazing views".
"You have opened up a whole set of new opportunities for me as the walk took me to places I had no idea I could reach so pleasantly on foot"
"At least as good as the Bath Skyline Walk"

But we would like to know what you think, so please contact us on:
info@bssw.org.uk or enquiries@northern-slopes-initiative.co.uk; or write to BSSW c/o 67 Beckington Road, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5ED.
CopyrightWith thanks to

The 12 groups involved - TRESA, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Arnos Park Action Group, Friends of Redcatch Park, Community of Perretts Park, Communities in Partnership, Northern Slopes Initiative, Marksbury Area Community Association, St Johns Churchyard and Windmill Hill Community Orchard Group, Kingfisher Group, Windmill Hill Community Association and Victoria Park Action Group.

Bristol City Council Highways and Parks; and Filwood Health Park.

For Funding:
Bristol Green Capital 2015
The Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership
Quartet

Martin Bodger (Graphic Design booklet), Tom Richards (Photography booklet), Aditi Rajagopal (Video), Chris Bloor, Neil Burlton, Ben Barker, Bristol Parks Forum, Bristol Ramblers, Destination Bristol, Pete the Broadwalk Newsagent, Sydenham Road Under Fives, Bristol Physical Access Chain. Lesley Woodward and Mike Kent-Ledger (Logo and Sweep).